Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jorma Wins Folk Alliance Award for Song of the Year

Greetings from Memphis! President Eric Peltoniemi and I arrived in the land of BBQ and blues last night for the International Folk Alliance Conference just in time for the 2010 Folk Alliance Honors & Lifetime Achievements Awards ceremony. We were thrilled that our own Jorma Kaukonen won the Song of the Year award for his cover of the Rev. Gary Davis song "There's a Bright Side Somewhere" from his 2009 release River of Time. We accepted the award on his behalf, and Eric read a beautiful thank-you letter from Jorma. Later in the evening we joined the Market Monkeys crew for a lovely cocktail party where we hung out with John Gorka and some of our favorite DJ's.

Just ran into Meg Hutchinson, who flew in late last night. We were thrilled to let her know that her new album The Living Side just charted this week on the Billboard Folk Chart. We're looking forward to her performance tonight as part of the Red House showcase.

To see photos and other updates from Folk Alliance, check out our new Red House blog.


Matt Winters said...

Well, I hope that Sound of Blackbirds gets to continue to double-dip on the new Redhouse blog.

3shells said...

I love that Jorma won the award. I heard him play that that Reverend Gary Davis song with Hot Tuna at the Calvin Theater not too long ago.

Ellen Stanley said...

Have no fear, Matt...I will definitely continue to post relevant things on both Sound of Blackbirds and the Red House blog, as I have during Folk Alliance! There's only one posting from the conference that wasn't also posted here because it's more of a funny anecdote than anything else.

The Red House blog will also have things of particular interest to Red House fans, like photos, videos and content from artists and other Red House staffers.